For veteran teams built to win, the NHL lockout was all the more frustrating. Thanks to years of trading away picks and prospects to win now, there are fewer young players the franchise can turn its attention to as possible replacements for aging core players.
However, the Sharks do have a few good young players that can make the future something to look forward to. Five players designed to be part of the future were outlined here last week, which included a couple changes from a list I put forth for Examiner.com in autumn.
But in light of his part in the Team USA run to a gold medal in the IIHF Under 20 World Championships, there are five signs Sean Kuraly needs to be added to the list.